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Navalny aide urges sanctions on Russian oligarchs

Vilnius - A top aide of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called for sanctions on top Russian oligarchs in an interview with AFP, as the United States followed the EU in imposing sanctions on some officials.

UK fintechs seek 'cure for Brexit' in Lithuania

Vilnius - Thanks in part to Brexit, Lithuania is becoming a fintech hub as a growing number of UK-linked digital financial companies are getting licences there so they can continue to operate in the European Union.

'Listen to the people', Tikhanovskaya tells Putin

Vilnius - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in an interview with AFP called on Russia to "listen to the people" after protests over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Centre-right ahead in Lithuania vote overshadowed by pandemic

Vilnius - Lithuania's centre-right opposition came first in parliamentary elections on Sunday after a campaign overshadowed by the pandemic, opening the way for an all-female coalition at the head of the Baltic state.

Lithuania's centre-right opposition eyes power in run-off

Vilnius - Lithuania's centre-right opposition appeared on track to oust the centre-left government in a run-off general election going ahead Sunday despite a record spike in coronavirus cases.

Olympic swimmer helping dissident Belarus athletes

Vilnius - A few weeks ago, Aliaksandra Herasimenia was a retired Belarusian Olympic swimmer with a stellar career.

Virus, inequality top agenda as Lithuania votes

Vilnius - Lithuanians vote Sunday in the first round of a general election overshadowed by a record spike in coronavirus cases, with the ruling centre-left coalition defending its handling of the pandemic in a tight race with opposition conservatives.

Belarus opposition leader to address French parliament

Vilnius - Belarus's main opposition leader on Tuesday said she would address France's parliament after talks with President Emmanuel Macron in which he promised to help mediate in the political crisis.

US troops in military drills near border of Lithuania and Belarus

Hundreds of US troops have arrived in Lithuania to take part in military drills near the border of Belarus, adding to the mounting tensions over the disputed presidential election of Alexander Lukashenko.

Fearing persecution, Belarus activists flee to Lithuania

Vilnius - A few weeks ago, Belarusian sound engineers Vladyslav Sokolovsky and Kirill Galanov were arrested for playing an iconic Soviet-era protest song at a pro-government rally in Minsk.

Tens of thousands in Lithuania form human chain for Belarus

Vilnius - Tens of thousands of Lithuanians linked arms on Sunday in solidarity with the people of neighbouring Belarus who have been holding mass protests against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko since a disputed presidential election two weeks ago.

'We are not afraid': Belarus challenger urges protest unity

Vilnius - Belarus opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Saturday urged pro-democracy protesters to keep up the momentum, saying President Alexander Lukashenko had "no choice" but to engage with the opposition.

Challenger voices defiance as Belarus cracks down

Vilnius - Belarus opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya voiced defiance on Friday after President Alexander Lukashenko's government opened a criminal probe into attempts to "seize power".

Tensions grow between Russia and NATO after Lukashenko election

Since the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko on August 9th both EU and US officials have rejected the results and demanded that a fresh vote be held. To counter pressure from the west Lukashenko was able to gain the support of Russian president Putin.

Beleaguered Belarus opposition finds Baltic refuge

Vilnius - Waves of repression in Belarus have turned its EU neighbours into places of refuge for pro-democracy Belarusians, with presidential challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya only the latest to shelter there.

Baltic states reopen shared borders for travel bubble

Kiemenai - Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania reopened their shared borders on Friday, allowing citizens to move freely for business and pleasure in a travel bubble after two months of coronavirus restrictions.

Lithuania capital embraces al fresco dining as lockdown eases

Vilnius - Just over a week after open-air dining was allowed to resume in the Lithuanian capital, a public square named after a doctor and independence activist was hopping with diners at several dozen tables.

Baltics bring home citizens stuck at Polish border

Vilnius - Baltic states on Wednesday deployed ships, a train and a plane to repatriate hundreds of citizens stuck at the border between Germany and Poland after Warsaw banned foreign nationals over the coronavirus.

Lithuania shuts borders to foreign visitors as Balts expand virus fight

Vilnius - Lithuania said Saturday it would shut its borders to most foreign visitors while fellow Baltic EU members Estonia and Latvia imposed security measures of their own to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Lithuania marks 30 years since split that doomed Soviet empire

Vilnius - Lithuania on Wednesday celebrated the 30th anniversary of its secession from the Soviet Union, a move that heralded the beginning of the end of the sprawling Eurasian empire.
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